Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Samuel SWIFT (1718-1800)

and Esther EASTWOOD (1722-?)


Samuel Swift and Esther Eastwood married on 5 May 1746 at St. Michael's in Withyham, Sussex.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  Samuel was the brother of my 7x Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Swift.)

Samuel Swift was baptised on 24 March 1717/8 in Wadhurst, Sussex.  He was the son of John Swift (1669-1730) and Elizabeth Kitchenham (1683-1749).  At the time of his baptism his father was an alehouse keeper.  Samuel was buried on 15 December 1800 in Wadhurst, when he was described as a widower.  He was named as the executor of his mother's will.

Esther Eastwood was baptised on 6 May 1722 in Mayfield, Sussex.  She was the daughter of James Eastwood and Sarah.  She died before 1800.


Samuel Swift and Esther Eastwood had known 6 children:

  1. Elizabeth Swift was baptised on 10 October 1746 in Wadhurst.

    Elizabeth married Thomas Basset by licence on 21 April 1768 in Wadhurst.  They were then both of Wadhurst and both able to sign their names.  The witnesses were Joseph Basset and Samuel Swift who also both signed their names.

    Thomas and Elizabeth had 2 known children:

    1. Thomas Basset was baptised on 28 December 1769 in Wadhurst.

    2. Elizabeth Basset was baptised on 28 November 1775 in Wadhurst.

      Elizabeth married Samuel Newington by licence on 17 November 1796 in Wadhurst.  Their marriage licence was dated 14 November 1796 and recorded that Samuel was a bachelor and a minor aged 20 and upwards and that he married with the consent of Joseph Newington a miller of Ticehurst.  Elizabeth was a spinster of Wadhurst aged 21 and updwards.  They were both of Wadhurst and both able to sign the marriage register.  The witnesses to their marriage were Thomas Bassett, Joel Newington (not sure about his forename) and John Cooper, who all signed their names.

      Samuel was the son of Joseph Newington and Mary Young.

  2. Samuel Swift was baptised on 10 June 1748 in Wadhurst.  He married Mary Noakes on 9 July 1779 in Wadhurst.  (They have their own page.)

  3. John Swift was baptised on 28 May 1751 in Wadhurst.

  4. Sarah Swift was baptised on 2 June 1754 in Wadhurst.

  5. Hetty Swift was baptised in April 1756 in Wadhurst.

    Hetty married John Noakes by banns on 29 November 1781 in Wadhurst.  John was then a bachelor and Hetty a spinster, and they were both able to sign their names.  The witnesses to the marriage were Robert Smith and Thomas Cooper who also both signed their names.

    John was baptised on 13 March 1750/1 in Burwash, Sussex and was the son of William Noakes and Mary Russell.  He died aged 78 years and was buried on 23 January 1830 in Burwash.  He left a will, which was proved on 22 July 1830.

    John and Hetty had 7 known children:

    1. Samuel Noakes was baptised on 30 September 1782 in Burwash.

    2. James Noakes was baptised on 8 February 1785 in Burwash.

    3. James Noakes was baptised on 9 August 1786 in Burwash.  He was named as his father's executor.

    4. John Noakes was baptised on 25 November 1790 in Burwash.

    5. Ann Noakes was baptised on 5 April 1793 in Burwash.

    6. William Noakes was baptised on 12 October 1795 in Burwash.

    7. Robert Noakes

  6. Henry Swift was baptised on 9 August 1762 in Wadhurst.